"Strong production of 1920s mystery"
by Matthew Partridge for remotegoat on 29/03/17

As the name suggests, “The Ghost Train”, currently running at the Baron’s Court Theatre and directed by Nick Mouton, is a suspense-filled play. Six passengers are left stranded in an isolated train station outside Truro after the apparently buffoonish Teddie Deakins (James Cross) messes with the emergency cord. Richard and Elsie Winthrop (Ben Baxter and Hannah Brooks) hate each other while newlyweds Charles and Elsie Murdock (Felix Newman and Gabriella Guymer-Davis) are also facing separation. Meanwhile elderly spinster Miss Bourne (Jill Davy) has her own concerns. Ignoring warnings from the stationmaster (Paul Caira) about a ghostly train, the passengers opt for the safety and security of the waiting room, but have they made the right choice?

Given that the play was written in 1923 it’s not surprising that both the tone and the language may sound a little anachronistic to modern audiences. However, instead of playing it for laughs, the cast fully embrace the “stiff upper lip” spirit of the production. The small size of the BCT also helps the tension to gradually build as people disappear and strange sounds are heard in the distance. By the time a hysterical Julia Price (Elizabeth Stevens) appears, shortly before the interval, the audience is completely gripped. Although the ending ultimately takes the play in a completely different direction, this provides some much needed catharsis.

Those who enjoy horror or murder mystery plays will love this excellent KDC production. Cast also includes David Matthews and Dean Bartholomew.

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